Cebu Pacific Mounts Relief Efforts for Typhoon Odette-stricken Communities

12 sweeper flights mounted, over 412 tons of humanitarian cargo transported to date
by Cebu Pacific | Jan 12, 2022
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Cebu Pacific continues its relief efforts for people and communities affected by the recent Super Typhoon Odette, transporting various essential goods and volunteers — free-of-charge — since December 18, 2021, to destinations including Cebu, Bohol, Siargao, and Surigao.

To further drive help to those devastated by the typhoon, CEB has partnered with the national government and local government units, along with private entities including the Philippine Red Cross, UNICEF, World Vision Philippines, and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation.

On December 29, CEB flew 32 medical workers from Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital and Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium mobilized by the Department of Health’s Health Emergency Management Bureau to Siargao and Dinagat Island, where they provided free medical assistance to typhoon victims.

“This would have not been possible without the coordination between the Department of Health, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Inc., and CEB. With this, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the support that these agencies have provided to ensure the speedy arrival of the different DOH teams to the areas affected by Typhoon Odette,” said Dr. Arnel Rivera, OIC Director IV of the Health Emergency Management Bureau.

The airline has also made sure it took care of its own people based in areas devastated by the typhoon. More than 1,600 Cebu Pacific employees across its 16 stations affected by Typhoon Odette received relief goods and emergency cash assistance, while other employees in Manila extended helping hands to assist operations at the Cebu and Manila Airports.

Apart from the free transport of essential cargo during this time, CEB has also mounted 12 sweeper flights to bring home stranded passengers from Siargao and Puerto Princesa. To date, it has already safely flown more than 500 individuals from Siargao to Manila.

"We know that the areas severely affected by the Super Typhoon Odette need a lot of assistance as they work towards recovery, and we are here to support however we can. We in CEB ensured our cargo operations remain unhampered so we can fly in supplies, resources, and much-needed humanitarian assistance at the earliest opportunity; at the same time, mount rescue flights wherever it’s needed most," said CEB Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Michael Ivan Shau.

As of January 10, 2022, CEB has already transported more than 412 tons of humanitarian cargo, mostly composed of water, sacks of rice, other food items like canned goods, water purifiers/filters, health kits and shelter items, medicines, and other necessities. 

“It has always been part of the airline’s core purpose to give back to its community in any way it can, and this is one of the times we can all come together and show BayaniJuan for our kababayan. We will continue to closely coordinate with government agencies, organizations, and partners to aid in air transport services,” added Shau.

For those interested to partner with CEB for further humanitarian aid, requests may be sent to socialresponsibility@cebupacificair.com

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